Abilene Wylie soccer returns to the playoffs, travels to Grapevine in initially spherical

a close up of a toy: Region I-5A Division II Bi-District: Wylie at Grapevine

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Region I-5A Division II Bi-District: Wylie at Grapevine

Wylie Bulldogs (4-3) at Grapevine Mustangs (8-3)


What is actually driving on the activity: Wylie is looking for its 1st playoff earn considering the fact that beating Kennedale in the 2016 Course 4A Division I point out semifinal. The Bulldogs misplaced the point out title match to Carthage and fell in the initial round of the 2017 playoffs from Decatur right before lacking out on the postseason the past two decades. Grapevine dropped in the 1st spherical of the playoffs very last yr just after achieving the 2018 Location I-5A Division I semifinals in 2018. Their final time in Division II, in 2017, Grapevine lost in the second round to eventual condition champion Aledo. Wylie and Grapevine hardly ever have played in soccer.

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Previous 7 days: The Bulldogs were remaining waiting around for Lubbock-Cooper to beat Wichita Falls High to punch their playoff ticket. Their very last time out two months back, they place together a entire general performance, beating Plainview 48-. Grapevine completed its great run through District 4-5A Division II with a 56-8 acquire against Fort Value Wyatt.

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Scouting Grapevine: The Mustangs dropped down just after a two-12 months stint in Division I and have put together an extraordinary period. Right after dropping its initial two game titles, Grapevine went on a 7-sport profitable streak. Its only loss arrived from Lancaster, an extra video game when Fort Worthy of Trimble experienced to forfeit. QB Max Cowgill (144 of 224) has thrown for 1,733 yards and has 25 TDs to just 5 interceptions. Caleb Texada (94-890, 11 TDs) prospects the floor attack while Ben Gair (48-606, 10 TDs) is the top acquiring focus on. In the 10 gamesm Grapevine allowed 22.5 details per match.

Bulldogs update: Soon after again-to-back again losses to Canyon Randall and Lubbock-Cooper, Wylie bounced again in a significant way to shut out Plainview and rating a time higher in factors. The past high came prior to the two-game skid, with 44 points versus Wichita Falls Superior. QB Balin Valentine handed the 1,000-lawn mark and has thrown for 10 TDs in 7 games. He also has another 209 yards and four TDs dashing. Receivers Reed Hughes, Creed Cooper and Jahzair George have over 200 yards getting each and every and have put together to catch eight TDs. Noah Beach (71-286, 2 TDs) and Josh Carpenter (48-283, 4 TDs) have appear on as the major two backs for Wylie. 

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What the Bulldogs will need to do to acquire: The defense has been dependable all season lengthy, enabling 14 or fewer factors in all 4 wins. Even in the losses, the Bulldogs authorized only 28 factors to Randall and 21 to Lubbock Cooper. With the defense holding up its stop, results falls on the shoulders of the offense. Valentine and Co. have shown they are a lot more than capable of placing up details, consistency has been the concern. If the offense gets going, the Bulldogs will.

Jordan Hofeditz’s prediction: Wylie 38, Grapevine 35

Jordan Hofeditz covers Abilene higher educational institutions and faculties, Big Place faculties and other nearby sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter at @jhofeditz.

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